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9801  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Well, it's official now (360 elite) on: March 28, 2007, 04:04:21 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on March 28, 2007, 03:55:18 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on March 28, 2007, 03:49:56 PM

Bill Gates can kiss my balls before I'll pay $180 for a 120 GB hard drive.  I just bought a 320 GB hard drive for my PC for $80.  If it means I can't download HD movies, so be it.

Listen, I bought my 360 as a game machine.  Not a movie machine.  Not a multimedia machine.  A game machine.

+1 LOL in real life

Well, not that I'm going to claim that Microsoft is offering us a good deal here, but your 320GB drive wasn't 2.5". 
9802  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 28, 2007, 03:36:16 PM

Quote from: depward on March 28, 2007, 03:30:04 PM

yone know how high of a level you can train a mount?  Is it 50, like the level cap for your adventurer?

I wonder what that would entail, "Defeat this level 49 rat in .5 seconds a turn!"

I'm a bit disappointed in the mount selection so far.  I got my griffon pretty early in the game, but now at level 31 I don't think I've seen anything else rideable since then.  I'm impressed with the variety of enemies, though, with such a limited framework they continue to bring new enemy types that don't seem cookie-cutter in the way they fight.

The storyline also continues to be interesting, with some very entertaining side quests and characters.  Make sure you don't skip any quests with a character who's hungry!
9803  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 28, 2007, 03:24:31 PM

Quote from: Destructor on March 28, 2007, 03:10:00 PM

Question - can you capture opponents via the Instant Action part of single player? Or does it only work for those you find multiple times in the actual Quest game?
You can't capture them, AFAIK, but you can kill them 3 times in instant action so that you can capture them the very next time you see them in Quest mode.
9804  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite video game grenades? on: March 28, 2007, 03:22:27 PM
The grenade launcher and the hand-thrown cluster grenades in Crackdown are both pretty damn satisfying when you've maxxed your explosives skill. If I remember right, the launcher has that irresistable "thunk" sound, and woo-wee when they hit a big cluster of baddies...look'it 'em fly!
9805  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A prayer to the Lord my God--PLEASE get rid of Sanjaya Malakar on: March 28, 2007, 01:15:53 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on March 28, 2007, 02:21:42 AM

Quote from: Darkstar One on March 28, 2007, 12:44:33 AM

So what did he mangle tonight?  Got home a little late, missed him.

Hey sang Bathwater, and it was dreadful.  He had a mohawk...

A mohawk made out of seven ponytails....
9806  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why Insomniac thinks the PS3 is best on: March 28, 2007, 01:10:09 PM
Everyone can agree with:
2. Free Online:
3. 50 GB games:
6. Standard HDD:

Nice, but important to some, not all:
1. Home & Little Big Planet:
5. HDMI:

Remains to be seen:
4. Casino Royale: (i.e., blu-ray has already won)
7. The Wii Fad Will Fade:
8. PS3 Has a Major CPU Advantage:

A bit of a stretch:
9. PS2 still outselling 360:
10. Something For Everyone:

The last two are a bit silly.  On #9 he says you should love the PS3 because people are still buying PS2s, and when those buyers are ready for their next console they'll want a PS3 because it'll be the best console.  Number 10 he's trying to claim that the Wii will only be for kids and the 360 is only for "M" games.
9807  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Need Moderator Action ASAP Re: Reefer Madness-Do not view posts NSFW on: March 28, 2007, 12:51:13 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 28, 2007, 08:00:46 AM

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9808  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are you Circumcised? on: March 28, 2007, 02:12:28 AM
Someone please do something, right now.   "Are you circumsized?" and "What happened to Sunday Skin (NSFW)" should not be allowed to be adjacent on the thread list.
9809  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Nintendo holding back consoles? on: March 28, 2007, 02:10:53 AM
Time for me to ease up on the Puzzle Quest, I have this irresistible urge to line up your post's smileys for an extra turn.
9810  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Nintendo holding back consoles? on: March 27, 2007, 08:18:03 PM

Quote from: deadzone on March 27, 2007, 08:08:57 PM

Because I don't see them gaining anything by holding back supplies.  What do they gain by holding back on supplies?

"Huge sales in the first year!  Huge sales in the second year!"

"Really really huge sales in the first year!  Pretty decent sales in the second year!"

Which line do you think would impress your stockholders more?

I don't personally think Nintendo is restricting supply, but it doesn't seem crazy to shift revenue to your next fiscal year when you're already quite happy with the one that's about to end.

It's all about how the numbers game.  That's why you'll have have a person answer your call right away and then put you on hold for 20 minutes (most calls answered by the 2nd ring!), or trying to troubleshoot you for hours on a tough issue instead of passing you off to someone more experienced (most issues answered on the first call!).
9811  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: C&C 3 Impressions on: March 27, 2007, 05:29:12 PM
Ooh, I'd love some impressions from anyone getting the Kane edition about how good the extras are.  The blooper reel in particular tempts me to drop a few extra dollars.
9812  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are you Circumcised? on: March 27, 2007, 05:26:40 PM
Need Moderator Action ASAP Re: Penis Thread-Do not view poll NSFW

9813  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I've figured out why America likes Sudoku so much on: March 27, 2007, 03:49:58 PM

Quote from: Lee on March 27, 2007, 03:30:04 PM

Everyone I know who does the puzzles (we do them at work a lot) can solve the 5 stars from USA Today. We race.

I would say the real reason people like them is that they are pretty easy. Sure some can take some work, but most are pretty easy to do.

I'm going to throw out a wild guess that you and your coworkers are a bit smarter than the average American. smile  Most of the people I see doing Sudokus on the Boston subway are trying the one in our free Metro newspaper--which are very much on the easy side--and maybe 1 in 10 people look like they're solving it correctly.
9814  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I've figured out why America likes Sudoku so much on: March 27, 2007, 03:22:20 PM
I'm a geek.  I like logic puzzles.  I even have a 4x4 rubik's cube at home that I can solve.  But I never understood how a cold, hard, logic based puzzle like Sudoku could become so insanely popular with the average American.  Every day I see someone doing one on the subway, even carrying around a big book of Sudoku puzzles, while I rarely see someone doing a crossword anymore.

After some time occasionally peeking over the shoulder of some of these subway Sudokuers, it finally hit me why it's all the rage with Joe and Jane American.

They don't have any idea how bad they are at the game.

Almost everybody is just filling in numbers that initially fit, and then filling in more numbers based on those.  They inevitably fill up most of the grid before hitting a dead end and think to themselves, "So close that time!" when in fact 90% of their numbers are completely wrong.  They get the sense that they're pretty good at what they think of as a hard puzzle, and they feel smart and accomplished at how they can so consistently fill up most of the grid.   And once in a blue moon they might--through dumb luck--actually solve a puzzle, which would of course completely reinforce their belief that they have some clue about what they're doing.  Not that there's anything wrong with that, if you're having fun and passing the time, fun is fun.

With that mystery solved, I can move on to the next enigma:  why America is obsessed with wearing Crocs.
9815  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need Help Choosing RAM For New Build on: March 27, 2007, 01:45:26 PM
I always buy Mushkin more for reliability than for any extra performance.  Not only is it a pain in the ass when memory fails, you end up paying more than the amount you "saved" on the cheaper memory to have it replaced.

Plus, how can you resist having your memory arrive to you magically suspended in the center of a big inflated bubble?  I love their packaging!
9816  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: C&C 3 Impressions on: March 27, 2007, 12:48:24 PM

Quote from: Calvin on March 27, 2007, 12:00:17 PM

8.5 at IGN. odd when they score lower than Gamespot-not that I care. I AM SO IN! Now the issue is whether I will be able to buy it before Friday because of work. I have little time to begin with and unfortunately I get home after all the stores what to do?

Weird review, didn't seem to add up to 8.5.  It seemed like they had praise for everything except for how GDI can build nothing but Mammoth Tanks in the endgame.
9817  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Need Moderator Action ASAP Re: Reefer Madness-Do not view posts NSFW on: March 27, 2007, 04:33:21 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 27, 2007, 03:53:53 AM

I always just use the "Reporte to moderator" button...does that not get to all of you guys like PMs or what?

"Report to moderator" sends an electronic message to the moderators.

"Reporte to moderator" sends a wax sealed scroll via horse & carriage.
9818  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Motorsport 2's Official Car List on: March 27, 2007, 12:12:34 AM

Quote from: kronovan on March 27, 2007, 12:05:22 AM

The 1974 Lancia Stratos, dang I loved that car in Rally Trophy!   thumbsup

If it doesn't come with the Alitalia paintjob, you can bet I'll be looking to buy a custom designed one from another player in the in-game marketplace.
9819  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Motorsport 2's Official Car List on: March 27, 2007, 12:04:47 AM
It says the list doesn't yet include the "tuner and aftermarket cars", or the "race class cars," but it looks like most of my favorites are already listed.  It's always so hard to spot what's missing from a list like that.

Can't wait for this game!

edit: found a car I'm more excited about
9820  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers - The First Trailer on: March 26, 2007, 11:54:58 PM

Looks like Hugo Weaving was officially chosen over the original Frank Welker for the voice of Megatron.  A bit disappointing as it would've been really neat to again hear the original Optimus voice talking to the original Megatron, but I guess there are worse actors they could've chosen.  Hopefully Weaving will break out of his favorite...slow..dramatic way of talking and stay a bit closer to the original.

I guess I'm glad they at least have the original Optimus voice, but he might almost seem out of place if he's the only one, like if they had one character look and transform like the cartoon style amidst all the new style transformations.
9821  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/26) on: March 26, 2007, 08:10:25 PM
Yeah...maybe a bit too much hostility about something so minor?  Is a thread consisting of single sentence posts really that hard to follow when you throw in a related side conversation?
9822  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 26, 2007, 07:16:52 PM
Since it'll be a long while before I try any of the other classes, I'm curious what kinds of combos people are coming up with with their characters.

Here's the combo I mentioned earlier for my level 20ish wizard:

Equipped with items that make skulls do extra damage depending on my red mana stores.
Enrage spell running to do the same.
Haste running to do 4 damage each time I get an extra turn.

I wait until there are 4/5 red & green gems in a row
Cast Burn to turn all green into red, with a guaranteed extra turn because of the above.
Cast Flaming Skulls to turn all blue into red, almost certain to spark at least one extra turn, often a whole series of chains giving me max red mana and a whole lot of repeated damage from Haste.
Cast...some orc spell that destroys all the hordes of red on the field, and makes the enemy lose two turns plus another for every 8 red destroyed (usually 3-4 skipped turns for the enemy)
Now I have some leisurely time to clear out all the 4-in-a-row opporunities for the coins, skulls, and XP, with those extra free turns to allow me to do 4-in-a-rows that might take two steps.  My red mana is certainly maxed at this point, meaning I've got an extra 40 to my battle skill helping to trigger more free turns on the skulls.  Each extra turn is another 4 damage done.
I'm left with an almost entirely yellow board, which let's my griffon's Death Dive (1 dmg per yellow on the field) do 18-20 damage.
After clearing out yellow 4-in-a-row opportunities, at this point I sometimes use the orc spell a 2nd time for two free turns, use those 2 turns to again turn any new greens and blues into reds, and then do a slightly wimpier second round of the same sequence.

The biggest weakness is that I need to have a lot of mana stored up beforehand, because after the attack it'll be a while before green or blue will be easy to find.  A "no moves left" mana drain leaves me pretty vulnerable.
9823  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/26) on: March 26, 2007, 06:45:56 PM

Quote from: Calvin on March 26, 2007, 06:43:26 PM

Guys, make a new thread, the derail here is out of control!  retard

You're just worried they're going to beat you to the last copy of Hannah Montoya!
9824  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Environmentalism goes local on: March 26, 2007, 06:31:09 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on March 24, 2007, 03:26:39 AM

But realistically, even LITTLE fixes can have big results.  For example, I stopped using disposable cups at work: I brought in a coffee cup and a soup mug.  Right there I cut out at LEAST 400 styrofoam and plastic cups every year.  If you can multiply that by hundreds of thousands of people... you are saving a lot of resources, and thus cutting a lot of pollution.  All because I drink from a ceramic cup.

I'd be interested if someone can find a reliable study posted online as I've only heard this 2nd hand, but I thought that in order to have less impact on the environment you'd have to use a ceramic mug thousands, not hundreds, of times before it becomes more efficient than using and discarding styrofoam or paper cups each time.  If you get a new mug each year at Christmas or on your birthday, the expenditure for manufacturing and washing the mug exceed those for disposable cups, even worse if you use a metal coffee cup.  If you re-use each disposable cup once or twice, it's even more lopsided in favor of disposable.
9825  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: March 26, 2007, 05:50:57 PM

Quote from: Jag on March 26, 2007, 05:46:04 PM

Never played GH before. Just tried GH2 for 360 at Best Buy. Seems fun, but i didn't know what the hell to do. Strum and press the buttons at the same time? I think i hit maybe 5 notes on Sweet Child before i failed each time. I don't know if these games are good for the 'twitch' impaired.

On a real guitar you hold down frets with your left hand while you strum with your right.  In GH you hold down colored buttons with your left while you strum with your right.  Like a real guitar, in GH you can hold the frets down ahead of time and strum when it's time to play them.  You also (except for with chords) can keep lower frets (e.g., the green button) held down while a higher fret needs to be played.

You can do it!
9826  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Airline Recommendations on: March 26, 2007, 04:05:00 PM
I just flew with American for the first time since "the before time."  On my 8 hour leg from Chicago to Honolulu, we weren't given so much as a bag of pretzels.  Around lunchtime me and just about everyone around me broke down and asked for the $8 sandwiches they advertised when we had just taken off.  Nope, no sandwiches left, no wraps, no trail mix.  All they had were $3 cookies.  They do let you have the whole can of soda during the beverage service, so there is some soul left in the company.

JetBlue for me whenever possible.  They at least give you a selection of decent free snacks, they don't charge you for headphones, they've got a bit mroe legroom in the back rows, and of course your personal DirectTV.  Their big downside for me is that their frequent flyer mile program have points that expire in a year, so you have to fly between east and west coast about 4 times a year to cash in, unless you go nuts with their Amex card.
9827  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Virtual Console Game for 3/26 on: March 26, 2007, 03:55:58 PM
Not a purchase for me, but I think if Nobunaga's Ambition made it to the VC it'd be a fun trip down memory lane.
9828  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] 75% Back Compat for PS3 in Europe on: March 26, 2007, 02:25:08 PM
The $50/year for Live Gold alone is going to make the 360 a more expensive investment over the life of the consoles for most people. 
9829  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Current state of availability of the Wii? on: March 26, 2007, 02:15:04 PM
In mid-January I thought about making a thread to start a betting pool for when you'd be able to walk into a store and more or less expect to find a Wii on the shelf.  I didn't get around to it by the end of the month, and I figured by then it was already pointless, because surely the date was just a week or two away.  I would've bet on February 15th, or maybe the end of February for a stretch.

I never imagined the winner would've been a bet for April or later.  This is just crazy.

9830  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/26) on: March 26, 2007, 01:52:10 PM
Would probably be buying Settlers DS if I hadn't just gotten Puzzle Quest.

Going on "good deal watch" for C&C3.  Looking forward to that FMV cheesiness.
9831  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 26, 2007, 01:45:35 PM
Captures seemed completely impossible when I first saw them, but I've gotten used to them and have some powerful combos with the spells I've learned.

I've had good success taking an experimental approach, starting in prepared to lose my first bunch of tries.  I try to first simplify the field by looking for easy matches that don't bring much else out of alignment.  Once you clear out some of that camouflage, it becomes a lot simpler to figure out the rest.

My griffon mount works very well with my wizard.  I have a series of spells that basically turn every green and blue gem to red, and then destroys all red gems.  Besides the coins, XP, and skulls, that leaves the field with a ton of yellow gems.  The griffon's ability is to do 1 damage for every yellow gem on the field, so it ends up being pretty devastating.

I really don't think the computer is being clairvoyant.  The only "cheating" is that it can instantly spot 4-in-a-row possibilities while you have to search around or wait for the white arrow.
9832  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 25, 2007, 04:35:00 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 25, 2007, 11:29:31 AM

I'm almost level 16 now  (wizard), and I don't get the impression that the computer is cheating. I pull off almost as many insane combo drops as it does. The computer is very good at judging the odds for drops in the upper rows, something I've started to do myself. I sometimes choose one move over another only because I see there's a chance I'm going to be able to pull off something awesome if the correct gem drops.
This is my experience as well, it seems like I'm "cheating" as much as the computer is with some really long chains.

Are you sure you guys aren't going against the rune holder people in the battles that feel like cheating?  The rune bearer equipment makes it so that combos easily give them max mana, and max mana lets them do 50+ damage in one attack--so with some lucky chains they can easily bring you down in one turn. 
9833  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Top 10 Hardest to Beat Console Games on: March 24, 2007, 07:48:29 PM
Tetris is really hard to beat.
9834  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best "Trading Card" console game? on: March 24, 2007, 06:26:33 PM
Portable: Yu-Gi-Oh is good, but it's the only CCG I've tried on a portable system.

On the bigger systems: Culdcept, or maybe Phantom Dust.
9835  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Nintendo ruins online play (now official) on: March 23, 2007, 08:33:13 PM
When you see this many people defending the friend code system, I think it's clear that the apocalypse has begun.
9836  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: *Warning* Positive PS3 Article Inside - Enter At Your Own Risk on: March 23, 2007, 08:19:07 PM
We're all still going in circles betting on the flop, when is the river going to come along?  What's the next BIG title, Heavenly Sword?
9837  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I begin my new amp build... on: March 23, 2007, 07:51:55 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on March 23, 2007, 07:31:58 PM

If you finish building that could you sell it for 5000?
People tend to place a bit more value on originals than replicas. smile
9838  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Motorstorm Downloads - New Tracks, Modes on: March 22, 2007, 07:30:14 PM
Sure looks free to me.  I like free.
9839  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thinkgeek may have just sold me on this... on: March 22, 2007, 07:29:56 PM
Oh yeah, if you're gonna buy one you've got to get a pair.  They're pretty hardy little buggers, too.  We crashed into each other, the wall, and the floor without effect.  The first casualty was when we had all three helis in the air and the big clumsy Air Hog collided with one of these small ones and took a notch out of it's tail prop.  It was a fun little moment of a "mayday mayday I'm going down!" death spiral.  Luckily it comes with a spare tail propeller.

The Air Hog does have fans to control forward-backward movement, but it's so hard to do you end using all your concentration just to do slow and simple movements.  With the smaller ones, it's just wheeee look'it them go!
9840  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thinkgeek may have just sold me on this... on: March 22, 2007, 07:07:24 PM
I got that model for Christmas, and my dad got himself a 2nd one so that we could fly them at once.  Coincidentally, my girlfriend's dad bought their family the more expensive Air-Hog version.  Though the Air Hog version is technically more advanced, but I found it harder to control, didn't seem worth the extra money.

The one you linked to, though, woo that's fun stuff.  It's got a clever little mechanism in the main propeller that auto-balances the copter and works perfectly to keep it stable.  There's a trim control that works perfectly to keep it from spinning.  It is lacking a forward-backward steering control (which the Air Hog version has) but this is largely why it's so much easier to control. 

It doesn't mean you're stuck in one place, though.  Once you get used to the basic control, if you stick a small pin or tack in the nose, it will make it have a constant slight forward movement.  With that little modification, we were chasing each other's helicopters in circles around the chandelier, around the christmas tree, landing them on our hands...good fun.

Oh, and the short flight time isn't really an issue.  You plug the copter into the controller to charge it, and it's fully charged in just a minute or two.
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